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There is a peculiar type of love that one every now and then encounters. 
This love can be at times disturbing, inconvenient overbearing, overprotective, 
seemingly rude and suffocating, uncomfortable, and downright annoying. It is a 
love that we perhaps are far too unfamiliar with. A love recognizing that it is better 
to give than to receive. Quite simply, a love that is strictly other-centered. This no 
doubt is the love of Jesus Christ. 

Quinn D. Norwood was a man who daily sought to express this rare breed of love; 
godly love. During our short time together as brothers in Christ, I obsen/ed that 
Quinn gave a lot more than he was willing to receive. He was always checking to 
see if you were alright even if he was groaning in pain, physical and spiritual. 
Not only was he a lover of people but he loved to eat "Bro, do you think you can 
take me to get me something to eat? I am starving. " 

He loved hymns and prayer. I remember late nights in Peterson Hall, gathering 
together in Andrew Nixon's room singing hymns and praying fervently. Quinn 
would always begin his prayers with a song. "Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, Just 
to take Him at His word." He would often tell me after these prayer seasons, 
"Richard, you all fust don't know what that does for me. " 

He loved Ford halt Quinn was the EAP, the Executive Assistant to the President 
He took pride in that job along with many other things: his family, his friends, the 
choir, men's ministry, the church, and the list goes on. 

I never knew what a jewel of a friend I had. I must admit I did not appreciate him 
the way I should have. The lesson learned: love friends above the ground and 
there will be no regrets when they're under. 

Yes, I dare say that Quinn was a vessel of this peculiar. Christian love. I had the 
privilege of being a recipient of it It is my desire to share it with others as he did. 

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Upon arrival at Oakwood, everything that helped us 
reach this point is carried inside of us. Here we are immersed 
in situations that will help to shape our physical, social, mental 
and spiritual being in ways that will guide and assist us in our 
growth and in fulfilling the plan that God has for us. As we 
matriculate through Oakwood, just as acorns, we adapt to 
new environments as we attempt to thrive. Later seedlings 
emerge, breaking new ground and stepping out, becoming 
vulnerable to the pressures of the world. In time, situations 
and circumstances arise to refine and nurture us into the 
young trees we see struggling to grow in size and increase in 
maturity. At the end of our journey we find that once we've 
fully anchored ourselves in good relationships and rooted 
ourselves in Christ, we peak, and emerge into the great oaks 
that God intended for us to be. 



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gained the fifteen pounds and don't even know 
where it camefrom so quickjy. Others have lost 
weight due to the taste quali^ in our memorable 
cafeteria. A great number of |s have grown in ways 
that we will onc^again be suyrised with, fee we 
get back home and realize the lack of growthir we see 
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Julia Ssmanda 
Elections 



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Housing 



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Michael Holloway Resean Smith 

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John Nwosu Auldwin Johnson 

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Keshia Sanders 
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Elections 



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Without the Senate there could be no USM, and without a strong 
Vice President there would not be an effective Senate. In the tradition 
of other strong Vice Presidents, my primary goal this year was the 
improvementofcustomerservice in general; increased accountability and 
cooperation between departments of our University. Was I successful? I 
believe so, but I'll be back next year to see the record speak for itself. 
To close, a big thank you to our administration for cooperating with us, 
and a congratulations to all of the Senate districts, especially the newly 
formed Holland Hall District. 

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The theme in this year book is "metamorphosis." 2008 has been just that for 
Oakwood University. We've experienced metamorphosis in a variety of new and historic 
ways. In fact, 2008 may very well go down in history as one of Oakwood University s most 
significant and monumental years-a paradigm changer. So many significant things happened with the 
faculty, staff and student body and with the campus itself. Here is a list that arguably could be the top 10 
events in 2008. A true metamorphosis in Oakwood' s history! 




1. Graduate Education - SACS authorization that allowed Oakwood to begin offering graduate programs, 
namely: the Masters of Arts in Pastoral Studies (MAPS). 

2. Name Change - As of 2008 Oakwood transitioned from Oakwood College to Oakwood University. 



3. National Distinction - Oakwood University won three significant awards: Honda Campus AllStar 
Challenge; Ambassadors won the US Collegiate Athletic Association National BasketballChampionship; 
Oakwood was identified as the SAIC Historically Black College (HBC) of the year. 

4. Highest Enrollment with 186^ students. 



5. Financial solvency - In spite of economically tough times, Oakwood experienced a banner year for 
financial progress and commendable audit status. 



6. Significant Construction - The completion of Holland Hall 8c BradfordCleveland-Brooks Leadership 
Center (BCBLC); Infrastructure Improvements - New roads (Academic Lane, University Lane, E. C. Ward 
Drive), sidewalks, parking, and various renovation projects. 



7. Outstanding Fundraising - Sodexho gift investment of $5 million; Running for Scholarship program raises 
record scholarship and endowment funds for the institution. Together the ^0 states for students and the 
seven continents for students program was responsible for more than $100,000 for student scholarships. 





8. Historic Event - Election ofBarack Obama, an African American, as the 44th President of the U.S. 
Finally, an era ends with the passing of Dr. and Mrs. Carland Millet, the fifth Presidential team in 
Oakwood' s history. 



So there you have it: Oakwood University, a true organizational metamorphosis. Cod continue to bless 
Oakwood' s students, faculty and staff in the days and years ahead. 






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Patricia Stewarfo-Daniel 
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Cheri Wilson 
Larry Word 
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* Now there are more than 400 students 

*We only participated in intramural games 

*The was ONE basketball court 

*Flag-football (Fall), Basketball (Winter) 

Volleyball/Softball/Soccer/Tennis intramural games. 

*Basketball team was established in the LATE 80's, 

and called "Oakwood College All-Stars" 

*The name "Ambassadors" added in the EARLY fO'r 

(LATE 90's, the Lady team is established) 
*Lady Ambassadors now win approximately HALF of 
their season games (2007-08) 




* "This is my home, my family" 

*The music/academics/worship services 

*Having a stronger athletics department 

(Wolleyball/Soccer/Women's Softball being added] 

*Future of the department 

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*Worships were primarily BIBLE base( 
*Freshmen/Sophomore-Needed 5 worship cTedits 

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*Juniors/Seniors-Needed 4 worship credits 
^Graduating Seniors-Needed 2 worship credits 
*Secular entertainment was NOT allowed. 

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*Disciplinary actions took the place of cash fines 
^Worship credit was available ONLY in the dorms or 
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*Being the longest working female in Dorms on • 

campus. 

* "Students have taught me a lot. They taught me how 
to handle things with love." 

* "The students helped me learn what the Bible says 
about service in love, through the life of Christ." 

* "I love the students that are the underdogs." 



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• I am adjusting well to college life, and am not letting too many tilings take me by surprise. I just 
hope to meet new people and network those that will help me succeed. 

• My semester has been pretty enjoyable so far. I have gotten into a routine and am taking 
everything one day at a time. 

• I believe that I am beginning to understand the voice of Cod speaking to me. Also, I am learning 
what and what not to do in regards to studying. I'm also learning how to make decisions about 
the kinds of people t should surround myself with. 

• I started this year as a Biology major. Now I am pursuing a double major in Piano Performance 
and Healthcare Administration. I believe that God is leading me to pursue my dreams as a musician, 
so I have decided to let Him lead and face this new challenge with a resolute mindset. 

• A major lesson I've learned is that procrastination is very harmful to my success. Also, college is 
much easier when youo're trying to do what's right. I still suffer from slight procrastination now 
and then, but I'm doing much better. I am hoping and praying that my matriculation through 
Oakwood will continue to be enjoyable and that I continue to follow the will of Cod. 



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• My plans for college are to grow mentally and spiritually, and maybe even meet my husband. I 
do believe hov^ever, that my biggest issue v/ith college v^ill be time management. 

• I chose Oakv^ood because I knew that I needed to be surrounded by opportunities to get closer 
to Cod. I am currently on working on getting up for church. My favorite form of worship is Friday 
night AYS. I'm a praise and worship kind of girl. 

• The first month or so of school was both a success and a failure. I the beginning, I didn't really 
pay attention as much as I should have. I've since then realized that 1 need to buckle down. 

• When finals come around I do get nervous. I tend to study a little every day so that it will be 
easier for me come finals day. I plan on returning to Oakwood next semester so I can learn more. 
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Male students returned this year to find a 
brand new dorm waiting for them to occupy. 
Equipped with a game and exercise area, 
lobbies, and cable television; both freshmen 
and upperclassmen filled this residence 
to capacity in its opening year. Named 
in honor of the Holland family for their 
dedication to Oakwood, this dorm is the 
newest addition to the Oakwood campus. 
Home to approximately 300 males, this 
dorm comfortably places students in a cozy 
setting as a home away from home. 










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opening of a new men's 
residence, ttie doors of Peterson 
Hall came to a close, bringing 
the end of an era to this dorm. 
Originally a women's residence 
hall, Peterson became the home 
to many freshmen males and 
females over the years. We pause 
for a moment to remember the 
good times we had at Peterson. 
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Cenerally housing upperclassmen, Edwards Hall stands along with its open architectural 
design. It is here that the Men of Excellence are produced. Traditionally known as the spot 
for domino tournaments, and VOT choir practices, Edwards Hall provides greater freedom for 
males after their freshman year spent in Peterson. 



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Home to freshman women, Carter Hall is one of the oldest and most well-known dorms 
on campus. Here you can find four floors of energetic, new female faces, as well as 
new male faces waiting patiently on the front steps. This dorm marks the beginning of a 
female s journey through Oakwood University. 



".../ like the cafe because i can 
eat as much as i want, but i like 
the style of the market only with 
more variety' 
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"...when the cafeteria is on its 
game I'll there, but they dont 
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and you get to see all you re 
friends, and they're all in a central 
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can get as much as you want " 

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" ...because its a smaller frame of 
time and you re more likely to see 
your friends and eat with them. " 
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how much food you can get, 

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from getting seconds or thirds." 

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snack bar" - Lamar 



"...because the markets food is 
way better, and the market is 
more like a chill spot" 
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".../ enjoy the market more 
because everybody hangs there " 

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" ...because the food is better, 
more variety and better quality" 
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.because its more laid back " 

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to my taste, better than the 
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full kitchens and appliances, and the freedom to come and go as one pleases. Located 
in the back woods of Oakwoods campus, the Annex is perfect for those seeking a place 
more quiet and serene in which to go back when the day is done. 



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A step up from Carter Hall, here at Wade you will find the majority of the female 
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It's Tuesday morning at 9:50. ..where 
are students going? They're going to the 
University Church, and for years that's been 
the traditional meeting place for Oakwood 
students during chapel. It's here that 
everyone can come together as a school, 
to receive important information and 
announcements and to worship. Programs 
in the past have varied from speakers, 
to plays, to USM elections. Anything is 
possible to happen at chapel, even the 
surprise appearance of a bat (for students 
who remember). Although students growl 
at the thought of attending chapel services 



every week, they depend on these services 
to stay informed and have a time to worship 
together as a student body. Its through 
this time that the school can consecrate 
the new semester, celebrate Black History 
Month, or even honor students who have 
achieved academically. These types of 
chapel services are held every year and 
students anticipate what will happen. Even 
prominent people have appeared at chapel 
including Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., 
and, most recently, President-Elect Barack 
Obama...or his impersonator ast least. 

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7 'he spacious high life of west oaks; these apartments located just past the west gate ofOakwood 
have all of what a student could want. Impressive cable and adult freedom is the dish of the 
day at West Oaks. Any community is only as good as its members, and West Oaks goal is to form 
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Leaving campus traveling down Adventist Boulevard, past West Oaks, and down Oakwood 
Drive will run you right into Wright Apartments where a small number of Oakwoodites 
also reside. Though not as large as Oakwoods other off -campus facilities, Wright Apartments 
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^^^^ Who was the most popular guy on campus during the fall semster of 2008? Jerry, of 
course. "Jerry the Calf enrolled anonymously into Oakwood University when he was abandoned by 
his caretaker and left to take care of himself. However once discovered and put under the care of 
Dr. Paul, Biology Department Chair and Professor, Jerry became a regular "student" on campus. 
Befriending many other students and faculty and quickly becomng a part of the campus. 

Jerry's favorite hang out spot was the Simon of Cyrene Statue and he enjoyed running and 
playing wih passing pedestrians. Students traveling by Cooper Complex frequently ran into Jerry and 
made sure he was doing okay. Unfortunately, Jerry's time at Oakwood came to an abrupt end when 
it was requested that he be dismissed from the campus grounds. Students protested to save Jerry 
and keep him around, even starting the "Cot Jerry???..." Facebook group. 

However, concerns from 
those who shall remain 
nameless were enough to 
have Jerry separated from the 
premises. It is said that you 
can almost hear him walking 
around sometimes on your 
way to the math and science 
building...maybe one day he 
will come back and visit, just 
like the good ol' days. 

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roomy, but it's only five minutes from 
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What happens when over 1,000 high 
school seniors arrive at Oakwood? Answer, College 
Days 2008! This annual event brings students from all over the 
U.S., and other countries, to the Oakwood Experience. For three days, 
students receive a glimpse of their future as Oakwood University students through 
tours, worship services, and visits to their various departments. By the time they leave, 
they have a great idea of what to expect, and anticipate their orientation in the fall. 



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Holly has been published in scientific journalsforhi 
research with Oakwood's Chemistry departntSn,. 
She has been on the honor roll, dean's list, and |^ 



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op\itteo^ng law school after graduation. As a 

^ifcird-^enerotion Oakwoodite, Kendall is eager to 

. re^r^nf IP school that has played such a vital role 

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♦ •*Her favorite passage of scripture is Proverbs 3:5, 

6 which is a constant reminder of her faith and 

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Christine is a senior at Oakwood majoring in music 
education. She has been a member of Aeolians for 
four years. Through dedication and hard work, she 
earned first place in the junior women category of 
the Alabama state competition for the National 
Association for the Teachers of Singing (NATS) back 
in 2007. In September of this year, Christine was 
chosen to represent Oakwood as a member of the 
105 Voices of History HBCU Choir. In the future, she 
plans to continue her education in graduate school. 



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Biology major. With this she wants to continue 
her education as a medical doctor focusing oif 
women health. As Miss Oakwood 2009, she| 
promote purity and self confidence among ni' 
virtuous women of Oakwood. She will ensure tha. 
the ladies can leave here upholding a harm^^s 
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\ishay is currently a Junior at Oakwood, on the 
son's List, ons majoring in English with a minor in 
Communication Arts. Upon completion of her degree 
she has aspirations of law school. As Miss Oakwood 
2009, Mishay wonts to raise the expectations of 
students and staff on campus, causing mediocrity 
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For a night spent under the stars, this one 
inporticulor was well worth the cost. Sunday night, 
cars, buses and limo's streamed to Huntsville's Space 
and Rocket Center for the evening event consisting of 
on elegant dinner, live band, and award presentations. 
Labeled as a formal affair, students and staff arrived 
in their sharpest suits and most elegant dresses ready 
to take in all the night had to offer. The half hour delay 
didn't bother many as they took the time to snap 
pictures and explore their new surroundings. This is the 
first banquet in a long time to be held somewhere other 
than Huntsville's Von Braun Center, and the change 
in scenery donned great reviews from all. "Hourglass 
Divas" served as the main entertainment and were 
wonderful, but the spontaneous start of the electric 
slide definitely stole the show. The white chocolate 
fountain and "mock'tini bar definitely added a touch 
of class to the atmosphere, though not hin p- could 
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Morgan McGhee 
Junior of the Year 



Michelle Spencer 
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Best Hair 



Richard Martin 
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Most School Spirit 



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President of Oakwood 



Marcus Cooper 
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Best Dressed 



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Mr. Congeniality 



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Andrew Anderson 
Brandon Anderson 

Daryl Anderson 
Ephraim Anderson 



Akisha Andrew 

Caffina Archer 

Alexandra Arnold 

Alexandria Arnold 

Andre Artis 



Mychal Ashburne 

Kirlia Augustine 

Nicollette Austin 

Ashley Baldwin 

Edison Banks Jr 



Ricardo Barbosa 

Jessica Bardu 

Ira Barksdale 

Belinda Bassett 

Nicole Batista 



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Jacqueline B Battle 

Kara Baxter 

Krystal Bean 

Daniell Beatty 



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Vice President - Henoc Paulicin Jr. 
Secretory/Treasurer - AAoressa Gill 
PR Director - Tomishc Jessup 
CJioploin - Ashley Booker 
Parliamentarian - Jazmine Skinner 




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Ruth Belay 
Timothy Bell 
Kahryl Bennett 
Jesse Best 



Latoya Best 
Shenell Bh-ch 
Jamal Black 
Micah Blackburn 
Samuel Blackett 



Lasharene Blanchard 
Sydney Blount 
Ashley Booker 
Rachel Bouzy 
Dante' Bowman 



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Olinfra Brathwaite 
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Barry Brooks 
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Lawrance Bryant 

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Melanie Bullock 



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Christina Burke 

Yvonne Burke 

Sheereen Burton 

Rontae Busby 



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Chloe' Buxton 

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Shawn Byrd 

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Martine Cadet 

Natalie Cadet 

Michaelange Cagilus 

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Kara Caldwell 

Mclonie Callender 

Michael Callender 

Andrea Callies 



Israel Cameron 

Phillip Cameron 

Elizabeth Campbell 

Stephanie Campbell 

Claudine Carnes 



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Denisha Carson 
Jessica Cartwright 
Taina Casimir 
Joshua Cenat 



Donald Chapman Jr 
Alice Charitable 
Amber Cheatham 
Brendy Cherie 
Joellen Chipamba 



Kristina Christian 
Chantel Christopher 
De'onna Clark 
Janea' Clark 
Keith Clark 



Brianna Clarke 
Jacqueline Clemmons 
Nichol Coes 
Darius Collins 
Richard Collins 



Tayla Collins 
Mark Conley 
Armand Cook 
Victor Cook 
Samantha Cooke 



Christina Cooper 
Rochelle Cousins 
Jason Crosse 
Ashley Dale 
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Trevor Danvers 
Chaunielle David 
Gregory David 
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Mitchell Davis 

Rischauna Davis 

Walter Davis 

Ariel Dean 



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Ailiana Denis 

Nicole Dent 

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Kristina Desir 



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James Dew 

Hildegarde Dorsainville 

Zabrina Dorset! 

Daniella Douglas 



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William Dykes 

Tramika Eason 

Esther Easter 

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Chioma Ejiofor 

Chinyere English 

Nikita Ephraim 

Sarane Epps 



Shirley Etienne 

Vanessa Etienne 

Ellya Eustache 

Brittany Farrington-Beasley 

Skyy Feggins 



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Shannah Finisten"e 

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Joanne Fieurant 




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Troy Francis 
Wesley Francis 
Jenica Frederick 
Natalie Frederick 



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Tiphani Freeman 
Kristen Fi'eitas 
Unalissa Freso 
Shanelle Frett 



Danneille Galbraith 
Jamesha Gardner 
Dara Garnett 
Jose Caspar 
Jacky Georges 



Joseph Getfield 
Tamara Gholston 
Kristen Gibson 
Gladys Gill 
Jovon Glover 



Thandeka Golding 
Anniece Gomes 
Javier Gomez 
Stephen Goodson 
Howard Gordon 



Alvin Goulbourne 
Taeisha Graham 
Reyhahn Granger 
Ashley Grant 
Carolyn Grant 



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Shannon Hardy 



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Janelle Harris 

Kelita Hanis 

Joydeana Harris-crawford 



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Erlene Harry 

Amlyv Harvey 

Hernedez Haughton 

Ashley Hawkins 



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Leah Hawkins 

Ganison Haywood 

Reanne Hazel wood 

Ashley Henderson 



Krystal Henderson 

Akeyla Henry 

Fatncia Henry 

Jinelle Henry 

Raisa Henry 



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Ashley Herron 

Quinesha Hicks 

Valerie Hilaire 

Robert Holmes 



Jamoni Holness 

Emory Home 

Mia Howard 

Samantha Howard 

Vanessa Hudson 



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Tedean Hunter 
Sheron Hurley 
Imani Hutton 
Manoah Hyppolite 



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Jewel Jack 
Candace Jackson 
Kayla Jackson 
Siera Jackson 



Brianna Jacob 
Adenike Jacobs 
Lovemine Jacquet 
Nicole James 
Sherica James 



Kenny Jasper 
Reginald Jean 
Stona Jean-Joseph 
Nayeka Jegede 
Raylanna Jenkins 



Tomisha Jessup 
Rose Jewell 
Jessica Johnson 
Kyra Johnson 
Monique Johnson 



Monique-Jolicia Johnson 
Rishona Johnson 
Jacob Johnson-hayward 
Shalonta Jolivette 
Camille Jones 



Chandra Jones 
Howard Jones 
Phaedra Jones 
Randy Jones 
Ashley Jordan 




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Stephanie Jordonne 

Benjamin Joseph 

Dewinsly Joseph 

JaUssa Joseph 



Nancy Joseph 

Nyola Joseph 

Shantel Joseph 

Jamisha Josiah 

Rushelle Juhen 



Michael Jumper 

Chiwena Kabanje 

Lynne' Kaluwe 

Ameha Keith 

James Kelly 



Brenda Kessio 

Katisha King 

Anton Kirindongo 

Pailah-meg Kolleh 

Dionne La Touche 



Rose Lapomarel 

Thomas Lawson 

Jonathan Lee 

Storni Lee 

Ashley Leverette 



Ashley Lewis 

Renelle Lewis 

Simone Lewis 

Tianna Lewis 

Lauren Liehtbourne 



Antoinette Logan 

Kayon Logan 

Jean-Raynold Louis-Jeune 

Nadia Luckett 

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Kwame Malone 
Brittany Manns 
Wadiya Marie 
Fhares Marte 



Shariece Mason 
Lianne Maupin 
Isis Maurice 
Stacey Maxberry 
Kimberiy Mays 



Sharhonda Mays 
Jacques Mbongue 
Kahmya McAlpin 
Kristen McCatty 
Immanuel McCord 



Eric McCrary 
Monique McCullough 
Antonio Mclnnes 
Kristen McKenzie 
Lauren McKenzie 



Brittani McLean 
Karia McLean 
Jasmine McMillan 
Arielle McNish 
Jasmine McPherson 



Danielia Meikle 
Tanesha Miller 
Grethel Millington 
Arell Mills 
Kevin Mitchell 



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Esther Monereau 
Kerry-Ann Montaque 
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Clea Moore 



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Dina Morataya 

Dane Morgan 



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Melissa Morgan 

Kyshaunna Morris 
Ngaynia Moms 

Whitney Morrison 



Paulette Moss 

Veronica Murphy 

T.AoEoria Murray 

Simona Nappier 

Ginelle Nedd 



Andrea Nelson 

Bernadette Ngetich 

Nerlyne Noisette 

Joy Norman 

LaMar Norris 



Chioma Nwaro 

Leesha Octavien 

Damaris Odhiambo 

Erica Ogboenyiya 

Kadeen Okumu-Camena 



Kimberlee Owens 

Temitope Owolubi 

Jessica Page 

Raitrelle Page 

Cara Palmer 



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Mauri a Parker 

Jessica Parlemont 

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Lauren Patton 



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Natasha Payne 
Andrew Penn 
Alesia Perkins 
Brittney Perry 



Julia Phipps 
Nadisha Pinkney 
Rasheem Pitman 
Arjuna Pitts 
Tiffany Plummer 



Cidny Pollard 
Michael Porter 
Sarah Powell 
Gregory Prade 
Rayne" Provost 



Ruth Ralph 
Michelle Ramessur 
Bianca Rattliff 
Jasmine Reed 
Jasmine Reedus 



Anton Reid 
Ro-Jay Reid 
Jeffrey Rene 
Shanae' Renfro 
SheiTie Renfro 



Sydney Reynolds 
Kristin Rhamie 
Kalila Richards 
Brianna Richardson 
Noella Richardson 



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Nathan Robert-Martin 
Adenike Roberts 
Brandon Roberts 
Kyla Robinson 




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Rachel Rodriguez 

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Qianna Ross-Damon 

Natalie Rozos 

DeMario Rufus 

Maya Rutledge 



Kevin Saint-Elie 

Esther Sajous 

Shannon Samuels 

Lawrence Saunders 

Jamesha Scarborough 



Cassandra Scott 

Kevin-Lee Scott 

Nadya Scott 

Rajeem Scott 

Samantha Scott 



Leonardo Selman 

Miguel Serrant 

Deangelo Silas 

Danae Simmons 

LaTya Simmons 



Cherita Simpson 

Jazmine Skinner 

Hannah-Leen Smalley 

Bairington Smith 

Brencis Smith 



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David Smith 

Deja Smith 

Donald Smith 

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Shaeree Smith 
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Megan Street 



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April Taylor 
Ariel Taylor 
Ariel Taylor 
Christian Taylor 



Cierra Taylor 
Jasmine Taylor 
Ke,A6Ain"a Taylor 
Taranesha Taylor 
Zameilia Taylor 



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Eunice Theodor 
Milcah Theodor 
Bridget Thomas 
Darnisha Thomas 



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Janice Thomas 
Jewell Thomas 
Olivia Thomas 
Chavaughn Thompson 



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Ryan Thompson 
Kecha Thornton 
Matthew Tomlinson 
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Nicola Walcott 

Andrew Walker 

Carrie Walker 

Emillio Walker 



Margaret Ward 

Nicholas Ward 

Crystal Ware 

Dominique Ware 

Nicoise Waring 



Clifford Washington 

Kenron Washington 

Terrell Watson 

Naomi Weathers 

JaiTod Webb 



Dwayne Wescom 

Dave West 

Logan Whatley 

Kornelia White 

Christine Whittaker 



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Anthony Williams 
Gaillynn Williams 

James Williams 
McKinley Williams 



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Racqucl Williams 

Royal Williams 

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Kayla Willis 



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Najee Wilson 
Naya Wilson 
Samuel Wilson 
Shanique Wilson 



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Paris Woods 
Brittany Works 
Alysia Wright 
Michal Wright 



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Gregory Wyche 
Peterson Ydore 
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Uniquely designed, yet intrinsically overiapped... 

...for ''A Woman for Every SEason", is simply just that. 

Touched by the hands of God, for in HI image she was formed... 

...fearfully and wonderfully made, for He called her by name even 

before she was born. 

Filled with beauty and brains, both inside and out... 

...ready and willing to handle business, for all that nonsense, she is 

not about. 

Holistically confident in herself and to the table all that she brings... 

....enabling her to be selfless, assisting others in similar capacities, 

while holding her own in order to still do her own thing. 

Able to hold her head up, yet still not be too proud... 

...for as a true woman, she understands that to make her presence 

known, it is not necessary to always be loud 

She is humbled by the right spirit, and is willing to give him full 

control.. 

...for she knows its not where you've been but where you're going, 

and with each step she is being molded into pure gold. 

So out of the newness that each season brings, a small portion of the 

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..just as with the growth of a young lady, while maturity sets in , the endless 

treasures unfold. 

It is often suggested that its the compliment of other seasons where its true 

strength lies.. 

...so the strength of a woman, stemming from life experiences, should come 

as no surprise. 

Realizing that the hardships of some seasons are not always desired but 

understood... 

...they are stepping stones to what lies ahead, and not just the harping on 

the shoulda, coulda, woulds. 

For not just on Ruth, but Mary Magdelene and others, was the grace of God 

shown.. 

...for He knows our hearts and forgives us our sins, for it is trough the 

covering of His blood that we are made whole. 

For even with the perceived darkness of winter, light of spring, fullness of 

sumer and warmth of fall... they are a blended compliment, and we know 

everything happens for a reason... 

...For Christ makes no mistakes, regardless of where we come from, we too, 

like the contestants of 2009, can be a ''Woman for Every Season." 




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This year everybody's pretty much doing their own thing. As a communications major, I 
definitely had more classes dealing with my focus on Public Relations. I want to get a 3.5 or 
above. 

I learned how to depend on myself and God more, and to give myself a little more me 
time. I didn't care as much as I did freshman about trying to a socialite or something. I just 
chilled and took life as it came. 

I live off campus now, which is wonderful. I enjoy the freedom of not having such a strict 
curfew. I am also spending more time in the books. My sophomore year is winding down 
and I'm trying to get all of my classes and everything together before junior year. 

Cod is everywhere on this campus, even though sometimes it may not seem like it. Walking 
around by myself sometimes is what I started to do this year. You just have to get away from 
the distractions and find Him. 

I like to keep my options open. I'm only 20 years old and I'd hate to be one of those 
annoying, inseparable couples at this point in my life. However, friends are nice to have. It's 
cool to just somebody to hang out with no pressure. 



My workload this year was a little bit harder than freshman year because I had a class that 
was in my major and other classes to worry about at the same time. Another reason it was a 
little bit harder is because I worked more hours at the front desk. 

I've met new people, I learned what the true meaning of responsibility is, and my singing 
group (inspiration) has achieved a higher skill level vocally by adding new members. 

My relationships with friends has grown tremendously from freshman year because since I 
built a relationship with people I met freshman year, in return, I feel as if I've known people for a 
long period of time. Now I understand why you make friends for life at Oakwood University. 

There has been a change that has happened to me this spring semester. Before the 
break, a couple of other people and I had altercations, but I've learned to put aside our 
differences in the past, die to self, and forgive and forget. Now we are good friends. 

My spiritual life has developed more because I have learned to put situations that are 
impossible for me to handle in the hands of Cod. Also this semester, I've been re-baptized and 
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Teams are formed, jersey's are on, and shoes are tied... What time is it? It's time for OU's Basl<etball 
Intramural games! Teams like 'Tropic Thunder,' 'Hunts-Vegas," and 'Theology Team' come together 
from the east and west to find out who has what it takes to become Oakwood's top basketball 
team. Students anticipate this event every year, and fill the gym to catch a glimpse of the action. 
Sportsmanship and effort are a must on the court, and both players and fans bring their best. 
Bragging rights are at stake as each team wants their chance at this opportunity. Both men's and 
women's teams are competing for this top spot, and fans are in full support of their favorites. 





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spiritual life, is it's music. Here on campus you will find an abundance of musical talent, both 
vocal and instumental, pouring out of the student body. By attending a concert, or just sitting 
in on a rehearsal, you are guaranteed to leave more blessed than when you come." 








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Aaron Adedokiin 

Ashley Akins 

Leslie Allen 



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Lucy Amkaya 

Jasmine Anderson 

Joseph Andrews 

Kassandra Anelin 



Kezia Atengdem 

Tabia Augustin 

Lenny Bacchus 

Alyce Bailey 

Elizabeth Bailey 



Karyle Barnes 
Dwight Batson 
Amber Batten 
Kasandra Bell 
James Bennett 



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Michael Bennett 

Jade Black 

Stefani Black 

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Vice President - Melissa Campbell 

Secretary - Gracie Pierre 

Asst. Secretary - Ashley Akins 

Chaplain - Paulette Gates 

Treasurer - Nakia Word 

Asst. Treasurer - Yasmin Ince 

Parliamentarian - Denica King 

Sgt. at Arms - Frank Harreli 

P.R. - Victor Wongk 

Asst. P.R. - Leslie-Ann Braithwaite 

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Kerayl Bonner 
Derek Bowe 
Tatiana Bradford 
Leslie-Ann Braithwaite 



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Tiffany Broderick 
Natasha Brookes 
Jasmine Buchanan 
Emeka Buffong 



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Rashad Burden 
Teri Burgan 
Julian Burley 
John Burnett 



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Ashlee Byers 
David Byssainthe 
Jonathan Caldwell 
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Chadwick Campbell 

Everton Campbell 

Melissa Campbell 

Alex Carlisle 



Rhyanne Canington 

Andrea Carter 

Tiffany Carter 

Patricia Charitable 

Joseph Chetram 



Jezree Christian 

Amy Coicou 

India Collier 

Nakia Collier 

David Conkerite 



Bryon Conner 

Dereka Connor 

Krysten Copeland 

Sharda~ Craigwell 

Aishah Cross 



Nesline Damas 

Adegbemisola Daniyan 

Alexander Daugherty 

Jordan Davis 

Tyrell Davis 



Philiouse Desir 
Nativita Dhaiti 
Myron Donley 
Carlton Donovan 
Diane Douglas 







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Nathaniel Drew 
Naomi Dufraine 
Michael Dyson 
Amisha Edmeade 



Kayla Edwards 
Arian Emanuel 
Dominique Emanuel 
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Gabard Etienne 



Delisa Farquharson 
Jasmine Forbes 
Junie Fortune 
Latisha Francis 
Firma Francisque 



Nicole Frazier 
Enida Gabriel 
Erica Gabriel 
Jasmine Gallon 
Jerome Gamble 



Paulette Gates 
Elizabeth Gatling 
Maresha Gay 
Samantha Gayle 
Dara Gbolahan 



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Jewell George 
Solomon Gibson 
Kristian Gomes 
Courtney Goulding 



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Andrew Harewood 

Frank Hairell 

Amber Harris 

Brittani Harris 



Randi Harris 

Edward Hartono 

Destiny Harvey 

Deonna Hayes 

Ruthaney Henry 



Erin Hicks 

Brittany Hill 

Marcia Hinds 

Scott Hinds 

Joy Hodges 



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Ronald Holland 

Michael Holloway 

Kelly Holman 

Danielle Hooker 



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Janae Hunter 

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Montavius Jackson 



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Vantel Jackson 
Jechonias James 
Eric Jeffers 
Ruby Jewell 



Marquis Johns 
Dana Johnson 
Jasmine Johnson 
Jonathan Johnson 
Matthew Johnson 



Michael Johnson 
Michael Johnson 
Robert Johnson 
Shavonne Jones 
Alec Joseph 



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Frederick Keith 
Kulule Kenea 
Philip Kerimah 
Denica King 



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Joelie Louis 

Michael Lowe 

Ashante' Lucombe 

Stephen Manders 



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Amanda Martin 

Nadine Martin 
Camille Matthews 
Olivia Mbyirukira 



Brinton McCammon 

Monique McFarlane 

Jessica McGill 

Loreal Mclnnes 

Heidi McNeal 



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Paul McNeil 

Meagan McPhee 

Christine McWilliams 

Camille Mitchell 



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Jacquece Moore 

Robert Moore 

Laena Neptune 

Jason Nicks 






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Courtney Nixon 
Steven Norris 
Kelley Nozil 
Jeanette Nurse 



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Ikechukwu Nwaro 
Michael Nwosu 
Doreen Nyangau 
Elena O'Reggio 



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Yvette Omosun 
Ezra Omwega 
Tiana Osbourne 
Ariell Pagan-Oden 



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Gregory Parker 
James Partlow 
Jeffery Pascal 
Erica Pelote 



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Chantel Peters 
Hunter Pettis 
Andrewlyn Philbert 
Wade Phipps 



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Gracie Pierre 
Laurie Pierre 
Terrence Pieters 
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Allyster Poblador 

Kimberly Pointer 

Alisha Powell 



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Deshawn Preston 

Jason Primus 

Cherisee Ramsay 

George Ray 



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Shannon Rhoades 

Nina Richardson 

Kelsey Roach 

Kiis-Ann Robertson 



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Brandon Robinson 

Jimmie Rogers 

Renila Rogers 

Kristina Ruckcr 



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Lerisnel Saint Fleur 

Bedel Saintange 

Fara Sajous 

Marie Samba 



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Keshia Sanders 

Saundra Sankey 

Rebecca Sauls 

Janelle Saunders 



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Lloyd Shand 
Marisa Sharp 
Klorinda Shelton 
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Sinead Simmons 
Victor Sinanan 
Victor Singleton 
Kristen Small 



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Dione Smith 
Jana Smith 
RaSean Smith 
Tanisha Smith 



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Benjamin St. Elmo 
Megan Starks 
Adara Sterling 
Hazel Sterling 



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Shari Straker 
Alisha Strayhorn 
Lindsay Syeh 
Sharrian Taylor 



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Wayne Taylor 
Kareem Telesford 
Tyrel Thomas 
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Camille Walker 

Lydia Walker 



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Kharmen Watkins 

Rontae Weaver 

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been very different for him. The biggest difference is being 
off cannpus. Having a nev^/ a job and trying to keep up with 
the bills is a very different from dorm life. While the freedom 
of being of campus is refreshing, there are some aspect of 
dorm life he misses... room check, 6 am worships — Ok 
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home was so strong that she almost did not come back 
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for her has be good. Angela sees herself in a historic time 
and she plan to take advantage of it. She is waiting for the 
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with discrimination. This topic, which developed from 
the anniversary of the September llth attacks (or 
"9/11"), was created to discuss the issue of injustices 
within American culture. 

Many Muslims were publicly discriminated against 
following the September 11th attacks. With violence, 
vandalism, and verbally abusive language, many 
Americans were channeling their anger of the tragedy 
towards a certain group of people. 

thing that's very familiar for 
minority groups, and even on the campus of Oakwood 
University, there is a large number of students who 
have experienced some type of discrimination. This 
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every year to attend a job and internship fair at Hov»/ard 
University. This fair gives HBCU students the chance 
to interview and network with representatives from 
some of the top companies in the industry. From the 
Boston Globe to the New York Times and MTV to 
the NBA, recruiters came to mingle with students and 
scout out students for internships and even entry-level 
positions within their companies. 

Workshops and seminars allowed students to 
understand more about the communication field and 
the different paths to which a communication degree 
can lead. As a result of the fair, students also learned 
the importance of professional dress. A full suit, 
portfolio, and a well-developed resume can go a long 
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to understand our story, you must visit to the past. . . 

We came from kings and queens, who reigned supreme among their nations. 

a common trading ground and source of wealth for many generations. 

Teaching and developing some of the largest empires ever made, 

Only to be deceitfully forced into a system, known to most as a slave trade. 

Our beautiful black ancestors, taken away from their land of plenty. 

Then crammed down into boats and treated like animals, till their spirit was empty. 

Forced into a system, created to make them less than equal beings. 

Till the cry of rebel and war brought an end to many things. . . 

But segregation had a new path for freed slaves to go. 

Blacks over here and whites there, better known asJim Crow 

Yet there was a strong few who refused to accept that scheme 

So one didn't get up, one did by any means necessary, and the other had a dream. . 

To continue our story, you must work towards the future. . . 

Today we walk the grounds once used for a horrible time, 

We sit in classrooms built in spots where tears fell from unpunished crime. 

The goal of higher education is reached by many each year 

Entering to learn and departing to serve, without the spirit of fear 

We press forward to success and prepare for our future. 

As black doctors, lawyers, and teachers making our world better place. 

We open the eyes of others around us, to see past more than just race. 

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"We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. 
The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, 
that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, 
and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness." 

"This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed, why men and women and children of every race and 
every faith con join in celebration across this magnificent mall. And why a man whose father less than 60 years 
ago might not have been sen/ed at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath." 

"Let it be told to the future world that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could 
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What is true worship? Many people cite John 4:24 as the definition of true worship: to worship 
God in spirit and in truth. But what does the really mean? Does that mean there are drums beating, 
singers singing and congregants shouting? Or is it the intellectual stimulation that comes with a 
stirring sermon? Is it the rendition of older, traditional hymns? Maybe it is the exegesis of complicated 
scripture? Do we really know? And does it really matter? 

God desires that we have a relationship with Him; that we walk with Him and talk with Him, 
just as we would with any of our loved ones here on Earth. He yearns for our communication. He 
loves nothing more than interacting with his children here below. His greatest joy is to hear one of 
us, any of us, come to Him and soy "God, what do you hove to say to me todayr That feeling of 
emptiness we try to fill with activity, vice and sin was put there so we can tirelessly seek His face and 
it will never be filled until we find true joy in His presence. And where do we go to find His presence? 
That all depends on where he wonts YOU to go as on individual. 

So I submit that true worship con be found any of the above scenarios. It can also be found 
in our quiet hours; whether it is in our rooms, outside in nature, or just walking to and from class. 
As long as you commune with Him and actively seek His presence, then you ore worshipping Him. 
Link your spirit with His and completely open your heart up to Him. This is all He asks of us. 

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Approximately20 hours into Fri day, regular people are usually getting ready 
to go out, trying to find a party or club to get into. Here at Oakwood, 20 
hours into Friday students are tryin g to get into the on-campus club called 
AYS. Inside, the bartender s are sending scriptures that will quench your 
spiritual thirst, and ap petizers that are preparing you for the main course. 
The DJ isn't playing any pre-recorded music because all the music here is 
live! Here students sing beautifully so that the party people can worship 
and praise Cod. As the party animals begin to hunger, the main course is 
served; a word from the Lord. Taking it in, the clubbers notice that the 
food is sweet, nourishing, and rich. When the party is over, students leave 
full and blessed, and can't wait to go back next week. 

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I disguised my hurt through violeng^nd promiscuity. I was afraid of communicating feelings because 
I believed that they would have beenlriarginalized. I had a wound that needed to be healed and the life 
that llived was only a symptom of the actual problem. I needed healing, restoration, and recreation. 
This began when Jesus began to reveal to me that He is bigger than my problems, hurts, and fears. \ 
came to Oakwood University and began to take Theology classes, which opened up my eyes, and most 
importantly my heart. Currently, I am continually accepting God's peace Qesus) and power Oesus) in 
my life. Even now, many of the things that I used to do aren't even a thought or a temptation without 
any effort on my part. Even though I am still growing and mistakes are still made, the mistakes are fewer, 
and I am no longer living by fear, but by grace. I use the insight that comes with having been there, and 
possibly done that, to help those around me. I am no longer a slave to habit, but a combatant in the war 
against sin and its addiction. Jesus has used me to fight sin and tear down the kingdom the Devil has 
erected. By allowing myself to be used to preach and teach, Jesus has converted my curses into blessings, 
and now uses me to bless others through my testimonies. I never believed that the fearful man that I 
was could be the directed man I am becoming. I praise Cod that whose I am is greater than who I wm 



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' I grew up in the Adventist Church back home in South Carolina. My mom was Adventist but my dad 
lb not. Because of my dad's position, I was exposed to many worldly influences. When it was time to make 
a decision between the church and the world, I chose the world and all it had to offer. When I was twelve, 
I started smoking and by the time I was sixteen, I was a heavy drinker and frequent clubber. There was no 
way life could get any better than what I had settled for; however, the Christ that my mother tried sharing 
with me had not given up on me. I remember one evening sitting in my bedroom and hearing a clear voice 
saying "Nicole, you have to stop doing what you're doing." I didn't know it was the Holy Spirit at that time, 
but I said "No." I was too comfortable in my life. Then one evening, I was driving with my brothers and 
a friend and we got into a serious accident. All I can remember is us spinning out and losing all control. 
Suddenly, that voice I heard in my bedroom spoke to me again and told me to press the brakes. This time 
I listened, and the car stopped immediately. As I got out, I realized that if that car had spun once more, it 
would have slammed into a tree, as the guard rails along the road had ended just where my car stopped. I 
was stunned. Then the voice started speaking to me again. It told me that He just saved my life and I needed 
to give my life over to Him because He loved me. It was at that time that I realized that this was the Holy 
Spirit speaking to me and I started to cry. That night, I gave my life to Christ. The love that Cod shows me 
daily is unlike anything I have felt before. I have a passion for souls now, especially those that are living the 
life I was. I praise Cod that He brought me out of my former life and into this new life with Him. I never 
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Judette Fortune, member of the group 'Redeemed' describes her experience with the group 
OS 'enjoyable'. "They ore a great group to sing with!" she said during her interview. Formed in early 
Fall semester 2008, the group has eleven members, led by Ndubuisi Nwade. "When Ndubuisi 
approached me and asked me if I wanted to be in his group, I told him I would pray about it. I praise^ 
God for this group, because I'm not pushy with my talent and I believe it was God's way of telling, 
me not to squander my talent, but to use it to glorify Him," she recalled. 

Redeemed decided from their inception that they would not be just another singing group,: 
but they would put self aside and minister to God's people. "It is all about spreading the word of' 
God through song; to get the message out there. We don't just strive to sound good, but to geti 
people to think about the scripture the song may be centered around." 

So far, the group has performed during AYS at Oakwood University Church and has travelled, 
as far as Pensocola, FL, with Conquerors in Christ. 



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PB&J is officially not just a yummy physical snack; it is also a deep and fulfilling spiritual food. 
PB&J is a sign language group on our campus, comprising of Paulette Gates, Bryant Stewart and . . . 
/ou guessed it: Jesus! "That's what PB&J stands for!" Paulette and Bryant originally came together 
\o perform for the Freshman Concert in 2007. However, it soon became evident that they were 
destined by God to perform together. "It was divine intervention; we realized that we worked very 
well together," Paulette explained. She said that their group's mission is to allow those who are 
deaf to enjoy the same worship experience as those who can hear and to physically testify of God's 

goodness. 

So far, these two have extended beyond the Oakwood University Church and have performed 
in places such as All Nations SDA here in Huntsville, and in Pensacola, Florida. You can see more of 
them at Oakwood University Church as they occasionally perform during AYS, and be prepared to 
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Attending the fafr'semester DEEP Sabbath ^f^>^was a must for m^fTWl graduating senior who had 
never set foot on Southern Adventist University's campus. I was interested in knowing what our sister university was 
like, having heard many wonderful stories about their campus, worship service and cafeteria food. So while some took 
the buses provided by the school, a few friends and I took the other option and drove up to Collegedale, Tennessee. 
We arrived a few minutes before the eleven o'clock service. The service started slightly late as we awaited the arrival 
of our Aeolians and University Choir. Mingling in the lobby, the first thing I noticed was the diversity. Students and 
adults alike represented various races: black, white, Hispanic and Asian, just to name a few. Oakwoodites greeted 
friends from back home and from high school days. Everyone pleasantly smiled at the new faces around them. 

Once we entered the sanctuary, the congregation was told that the smaller size of the church meant that we 
all had to "get close" to our neighbors. Slightly nervous, everyone did as they were told with slight giggles and brief 
shrugs. Eventually, we got over our fears. The worship service reminded me once again of the variety offered by our 
denomination. The style of praise, an important part of "Black" worship, was different. Instead of the deep, soulful 
songs, we were led into lighter, more upbeat versions of older hymns. The Scripture was read in several different 
languages; aside from the usual Spanish and Creole, we also heard Korean and an Eastern European language. The 
Aeolians performed a rousing spiritual that had the audience on its feet. Older Oakwood students were reunited with 
a previous pastor. Dr. Nixon, as he admonished us to focus on loving each other above all other things in these last 
days. As I looked around the church once again, amazed at the beautiful blend of colors and cultures, I was struck 
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theme this year was all about how to "stand out" for Jesus, 
and not blend in with the rest of the world. Pastor Bernie 
Anderson, Chorlene Cothran, and Kwame Vanderhorst 
held workshops on topics such as addictions, low self- 
esteem, and pornography. The discussions gave great 
insight and afterwards the final night was ended with a 
concert by the Stric'ly Jesus camp. Despite a last minute 
cancellation by the initially featured Tye Tribbet, the event 
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I am the tree that one girl calls me. 

But I was not always that oak of a tree that that girl loves to cuddle and read a book by. 

I was not always that oak of a tree that protects that girl when the rains of society comes 

pouring down. 

I was not always that oak of a tree that made music when the wind blew through my leaves. 

I was once a seed. 

A seed that needed love and tender care. 



To become such an oak of a tree, 

One would assume I got what I needed. 

But what about what I wanted. 

A still voice whispered through my branches 

"Good things come to those who wait." 

So I waited... I waited... I.,, waited. 

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the oak of a tree formally known as a seed. 

It grew and grew until it blossomed into a beautiful sunflower. 

What nice company, one might think. 

But, No! 

The oak of a tree is now overshadowed by a sunflower. 

As animal after animal walk through the forest that one might call a world. 

Compliments go out to the sunflower, and no one takes a second glance at the oak of a tr< 

Will I ever get what I want? 

A beautiful girl walks by and sees the flower, the beautiful sunflower. 

One would think they were a match made in heaven. 

She bends over and takes a good whiff and then decides to pluck it. 

I look in amazement as the girl puts it in her hair and then sits down by the oak of a tree. 

She noticed me! She noticed me! 

The big oak of a tree once overshadowed by a sunflower. 

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'Stay focused and keep God First in 
everything you do, and beware of 
predators in front of Carter Hall. " 

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who strengthens me. " 

- Lydia Ballard 

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Tiffany Beale 




Should Have Been a Couple 

Alyssa Moore 
John Willis 





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Rep. Their Country the Hardest 

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Candace Cantrell 









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Anthony Paschal 





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Shayla Pederson-Buck 



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Michelle Spencer 





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Working in the Child Development Lab has 
opened up my eyes and provided hands on experience. 
When I first started classes at Oakwood I planned to one 
day open my own daycare. Since I've begun working 
at the Child Development Lab my career goals have 
changed. I now look forward to becoming a Professor of 
Human Development and Family Studies. I want to teach 
others to really listen to the children they work with. I've 
met several people who don't take working with children 
seriously. Kids are open, honest, and smart. The saying "A 
little child shall lead them" really is true. I want to teach 
people that when you come to work you're not simply 



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Being a communications major changed my life. I 
came here not knowing what I wanted to do, but through 
some tough love and some strong guidance I find myself 
now with the knowledge and the resources to step out 
into the real world. In Burrell Hall, everything is hands on. 
We learn the very art of communicating, a craft that any 
man can learn, but one that we have chosen to master. 

My department allowed the creation of a student 
run public relations agency, and working there has proved 
to be very beneficial. I have learned how to deal with the 
press, write for multiple audiences, and create art that 
can entice any eye, all with the training I received from 
my work in a practical environment. I'm ready for the real 
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Ever since middle school, I wanted to be a physician, and in college, I also became strongly 
interested in research. Dr. Alexander Volkov, one of my professors in the Department of Chemistry, 
allowed me to work with him right out of high school (l went to Oakwood Academy), and this early 
^exposure to research has benefited me greatly. Because of this research experience, I was able to 
conduct breast cancer and small cell lung carcinoma research in New York, NY for an entire summer. 
The next summer, I traveled to South Africa for 10 weeks to do research in Zulu traditional medicine. 
This program led me to a career interest in public health research. After being published with Dr. 
Volkov in two scientific journals, I applied for and received a scholarship worth $25,000 from the 
United Negrofcollege Fund (UNCF) and Merck, a pharmaceutical company, and I was named a UNCF- 
Merck Undergraduate Fellow in 2008. This opportunity allowed me to work on a research project at 
Merck during the summer after m| junior year and to see the impact of pharmaceutical research in 
medicine. I will return to Merck after my graduation from OU for a second internship, and I will begin 
medical school in the fall. These research experiences have shown me the medical breakthroughs that 
can be made through the stucjy and application of the basic sciences. I intend to continue my research 
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They say that your college years are the best you'll ever have. Life thereafter becomes more predictable, and 
spontaneous events such as weekend road trips become treasured memories of the past. Ten years from now when I'm 
settled into my career and family life, I wonder which Oakwood memories will still linger in my mind. I don't think I could 
ever forget freshman orientation. . .1 mean who could forget standing in that line! Then there were the orientation groups 
we were divided into according to the first letters of our last names. (Shout out to my "Q-R's")! After the day's festivities? 
were over, everyone got acquainted by asking the three magic questions: "What's your name? Where you from? What's 
your major?" Meeting our classmates for the first time was magical because we never quite knew where those friendships ; 
would lead. During that first week of orientation some people met their soul mates; others met friends they'll keep foreve 
I remember the good oi'days at Carter hall dormitory when you knew every body that lived on your floor. During the day 5 
everyone kept their doors open and every other night was movie night. Sophomore year was great although Wade just 
wasn't like Carter. Then along came junior year; Core classes replaced general requirements and free time flew out the 
window. I don't know exactly when it happened, but suddenly everyone was busy! Weekends became a precious commodi 
because the week was a blur of tests, papers, and deadlines. Freshens became Sandella's, OC became OU, and we became 
seniors. I can scarcely believe it all happened so fast. Looking back over it all leaves me with a wistful smile. I know life for 
me has just begun and future memories await creation, yet I must pause and acknowledge a cherished chapter of my life 
which will soon be over. I consider myself highly blessed and favored. Years and years from now when Oakwood memories 
of 05-09 are revisited I'll be able to say, "I was there, I remember." 



My first year as a freshman at Oakwood, I wasn't as excited as my dad had wanted me to be, but he insisted that I 
come down here. He even did the same thing that his father had done with him when he had left his kids: I had received 
a brand new 4 piece luggage set and all my books were brought. My father checked me into the dorm, got me a job on 
campus, and then went around and met all my teachers. After the initial ceremonies, he pulled me over by the car and 
told me the exact words that grandpa had told him when he had left him at Oakwood: Study hard, do your best, think 
before you do, and remember that God loves you and so do we (the family). With that he hugged me and, left me with 
a hundred dollars, and pulled off. 

Fast forward to the present, as I look back on at my last semester at Oakwood, that day often comes up in my mind 
amongst the other things that a senior like me isn't suppose to forget when it comes to graduation. Things like making 
sure you have all your classes in and that your grades are good. I think back on that day wondering if I have truly lived up 
to the expectations that I and my family had for me. I find myself being able to answer about 90% of those questions with 
a yes, but then I start to think back on what my grandfather had told me all those years ago about what I will experience 
when I get here. As it turns out, every aspect of which he said I'd experience, I did. I have received a good education, 
made lifetime friends, and met the girl of my dreams (to the best of my knowledge). I also have gotten in touch with 
my roots; so many members of my family have 
come through Oakwood and more still live 
in the south; it has just been good for me to 
reconnect with them. 

Lastly, I do feel that I am more of an 
adult now then I was when I enrolled at 17, and 
most importantly, I feel that I have grown up 
in the Lord. I feel that I am closer to Him now 
than I ever was before, and that it's gotten 
easier for me over these four years to come 
to him with my problems, to thank Him for my 
blessings and ask Him to show me His way. 

The only sad thing about winding 
down my college experience is that out of all 
the people that I want to share the experience i 
of me receiving my diploma, I won't be able to 
hear my grandfather say, "You did what you 
were suppose to do, and that's all we wanted 
of you". So hopefully after this, I can do what 

I'm supposed to do in life so I can hear those - 

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The much anticipated culmination of our time here at Oal<wood 
University has come. We started our journey off with the end in view 
not realizing the juicy details of the in between. It seems like just 
yesterday when we entered to learn with the ever present realization 
that one day we would be departing to serve. Each of us has fond 
memories that we will take with us as we leave this place that we have 
called home for the past few years. Retrospectively, our senior year 
is proof for us that there is no such thing as the impossible. We have 
seen the impossible become possible, the status quo transform into 
desired change, and the unattainable attained. Oakwood University 
Class of 2009, our attainment of the impossible has already started. 
As we leave this campus with graduation caps on our heads and 
university diplomas in our hands, let us remember that is now our 
duty to serve. We are departing to serve humanity giving all glory to 
God as we take this world by force. Remember, no dream is too big, 
no mountain is too high because we sen/e a God who constantly 
reminds us, "Yes, We Can!" 

"With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things 
are possible." Mark 10: 27 

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April Seay 
Secretary 



Jasmine Turner 
AssT. Secretary 



Veronica James 
Treasurer 



Chaunte Sharperson 
AssT. Treasurer 




Thessicar Antoine 
PR Coordinator 



Bryan Lee 
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Nathanael 
Baker 



Lydia 
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Danielle 
Alexander 




Danielle 
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Drake 
Barber 




Sheridan 
Allen-Perry 




Gilbert 
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Boles-Collins 




Richard 
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Bennett 



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Tiffany 
Beale 



Kandace 
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Abigail 
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Dominique 
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Jenifer 



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Michelle 
Beason 




David 
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Dakarai 
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Gladstone 
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Holly 
Carrell 



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Kyle 
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Ja^neil 
Carrington 




John 
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Bullard 



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Cole 



Kendall 
Coopwood 



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Cox 



Jessica 
Dade 




Chelsea 
Burrows 





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Camel 



Elizabeth 
Cesar 



Lavonna 
Connell 



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Danielle 
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Doggette 




Jonathan 
Dotch 



Marcus 
Dupree 



Justin 
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Joyce 
Ebere 





Carla 
Ephraim 



Candace 
Farrell 



Breoni 
Fassett 



Kenol 
FeUx 





David 
Fisher 



Cheryl 
Fleming 



Andrea 
Fluence 



Almonique 
Forbes 






Ra'shonda 
Foster 



Shane 
Francis 



Trudy-ann 
Frazer 



Anthony 
Fuller 




Danae 
Gaiter 




Tiffany 
Hall 



Stewart 
Henry 




Natelka 
Hodge 




Kara 
Hunter 



Crystalia 
Grando 



Charissa 
Harrigan-Laws 




Meaghan 
Hicks 




Lashay 
Hollinsid 



Brittany 
Jackson 




Elita 
Green 




Courtenay 
Harris 




Tamarha 
Hilaire 



Portia 
Howard 




Floyd 
Green 



Sharea 
Harris 




David 
Hill 



Ariel 
Hulum 



Eian 
Jackson 



Veronica 
James 




Demetrius 
Hall 




Brenton 
Harrison 




Tiffany 
Hinds 




Joshua 
Humphrey 




Nixon 
Jeanniton 



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Jerome 




Courtni 
Jones 



Cara 
Laborde 




Andria 
Lindsey-Summers 



Nehemiah 
Mabry 




Christine 
Jobson 



Erica 
Jones 




Ryan 
Lang 



Lamont 
Lockett 




James 
Maddox 






Jon 
Johnson 




Rachel 
Jones 




Bryan 
Lee 



Krystal 
Johnson 



Harvey 
Kennedy 



Fernando 
Leite 



Chantel 
Luckett 



Judith 
Luckett 





Veronica 
Johnson 




Deanna 
Matthews 



Raphael-Tobias 
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David 
King 




Samantha 
Lespier 




Ruby 
Lynch 




Micheil 
Mclver 




Quinsheka 
McKinney 



Alyssa 
Minisee 



Tared 
Moore 




Jessica 
Murphy 



John 
Nwosu 



Amanda 
Mcadams 




Melanie 
Monette 



Kamilah 
Moore 



Israel 
Mutema 




Jason 
O^rourke 



Michael 
Mickens 



Michele 
Monette 



Sarah 
Morris 




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Otieno 




Jerome 
Miller-white 



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Moore 




Sterling 
Morris 



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Anthony 
Paschal 




Tristan 
Mingo 




Brian 
Moore 




Jacquece 
Moss 



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Bryan 
Paschal 



Latoya 
Payne 




Candace 
Peterson 




Chantel 
Plante 



Carlos 
Ray 



David 
Richardson 




Rhonitta Philande 

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Kethia 
Phelizor 




Jonathan 
Polite 



Tomekia 
Rebholz 




Rupert 
Richardson 



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Phillips 



Karin 
Pollard 



Andrew 
Reid 



Christine 
Robinson 



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Peters 






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Taylor 



Jonathan 
Taylor 



Danielle 
Torrain 



Micah 
Tyler 



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Nicholas 
Williams 



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Thomas 



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Winkfield 



Stephanie 
Thompson 




Jasmine 
Turner 




Monica 
Watson 




Whitney 
Winston 



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Wright 




Kandy 
Yarbrough 






Ashley 
Akubuiro 



Jessica 
Burns 




Raquel 
Cornwall 



Laurie 
Gardiner 



Carolyn 
Hurst 



Bianca 
Andrews 



Hubert 
Campbell 



Kwame 
Danielson 



Veron 
Gorden 




Devon 
Jack 




Dennis 
Baptiste 



Christian 
Cherry 



Mishca 
Beckford 




Maria 
Clark 



Stephanie 
Etienne 



Joseph 
Fassett 




Britney 
Green 



Latesha 
Gunn 




Jerry 
Jacques 



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Matheka 



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Depart to Serve... 





The Religion and Theology Department of Oakwood strives to educate and prepare pastors, ] 
church administrators, and lay leaders with quality spiritual pastoral leadership in service to Cod and | 
humanity. In response to an increasing demand, the Department added a 



Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies 

n the Spring semester of 2008. This program is designed to better equip pastors and qualified lay 
members v^ith the skills needed to improve their effectiveness in their spiritual and professional practice. 
This is the first class to graduate from this program, thus the "cream of the crop." 



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Upon reaching the end of our journeys and the heights 
of our growth here at Oakwood, what is there left to do? 
We've adapted as acorns, and risen as seedlings. As young 
trees we've stretched our limbs and roots, and now as great 
Oaks we have risen against the odds. The only thing left 
to do is to continue growing towards Christ, and to foster 



the growth of those around us. As we leave these grounds, 
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Photographers : 

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Veron Corden 
Dereka Conner 
Jackson Doggette 
Mauria Parker 
Alex Carlisle 
Andrew Baker 
Julia Phipps 
Christina Burke 
Cidny Pollard 
Adrian Sealy 
LyNeka Camel 
Scott Hinds 



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Sa-Lana Ledford 
Jazmin Jordan 
Keshia Sanders 
Lindsay Syeh 
Stephen Spates 
Sanique Antonio 
Jerome Miller 
Janae Graves 
Peter Webb 
Tessa Ross 
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Derek Bowe 
Zachary Weems 
Jamal Pemberton^ 



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Aisha Hunt 
Mikerl Sartin 



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Brottoney Strachar 
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Hometown: SF Bay Area, CA 

Classification: Senior 

Major: Communications - 

Printjournalism 




This is my second year serving as Oakwood's "Yearbook Girl", and though I have one 
years experience under my belt, it's still proven to be the hardest work I've ever done. None of it 
could have been completed without the help of our dedicated staff, my amazing co-editor, and 
the grace of God. It's hard to imagine that after graduation, I'll be out of a "job," but all's well 
that ends well. I'll be sure to take all the experience I've gained during my time here and put it 
to good use. One thing for sure is that the memories we 've made working in the office and the 
one's we've captured within the pages of this book, are irreplacebale. It's been fun. Thanks for 

the opportunity. Enjoy. 

The Editor 





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Hometown: Lithonia, CA 

Classification: Junior 

Major: Business - IT 

Photography 



This year has been a test of my patience, my willpower, and my ability to handle a 
multitude of tasks. As a third year staff member, I've seen the good and bad that can happen 
within the process of creating a yearbook. This year had a share of all of that. My only regret is 
t- that I would have devoted more time to the book. However, each spread, picture, relationship, 
laugh, and second spent with these people, I will never forget, and will cherish forever. I thank 
those who have stuck with me since the beginning, and I only pray that those who I'm passing 
the torch to next year will exceed that which we have done this year. 



I'm done. Peace love and happiness. The man with the camera. Yours. Ivey. 



The2009 Acorn, Volume56, was published by the United Student 

Movement at Oakwood University, and printed by Walsworth 

Publishing Company. It was created using Adobe InDesign 

CS3 and Adobe Photoshop CS3 on Apple Computers. 



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Student Portraits taken by Phillips Studio, Huntsville. 
Ail Others photos contributed by Oakwood Students. 

Acorn Yearbook 

Oakwood University 

7000 Adventist Blvd 

Ford Hall Rm. 204 

Huntsville, AL 35896 

The Acorn is a student publication, and the official yearbook of 
Oakwood University. The editorial content does not necessarily 
I reflect the views and stance of the university. 

Copyright 2009, the Acorn staff, USM and Oakwood University. All rights reserved. 





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